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Run In Red release new single and announce International & National Tour!

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Hailing from Dublin and the New York music scene the transatlantic band RUN iN RED have released two EPs to date: ‘The Revelled Theory Mind’ in 2017 and ‘Undercover Overthrown’ last September to critical acclaim from Rte2fm, Fm104 to the BBC and more. The band cite influences from Wilco, Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews band & Frightened Rabbit.
 
Honing their live skills on the Dublin circuit RUN iN RED have been described as ‘urgency transcribed into music and deliver indie rock through a wall of harmonic layers and musical dynamics. They have graced the stages of various Venues and Festivals in Ireland such as The Olympia, The Academy, Sea Sessions, Indiependence (with Bastille, Mumford & Sons and Aslan) and have just announced a National and International Tour in Ireland, the US and UK which kicked off in June 2019.
 
Their brand new single ‘Dirty Spirits Design’ is now available on spotify and they are currently in pre-production to begin recording their debut album. In the interim you can catch them live at any of the dates listed below!

Full tour dates:
 

RUN iN RED Upcoming Irish dates : 

  • Something In The Water Festival – 21/6/19
  • Roisin Dubh, Galway – 7/7/19 
  • Gallagher’s Pub, Cork – 10/7/19
  • Scruffy Murphys, Limerick – 11/7/19
  • LOST LANE, Dublin – 20/7/19
  • Central Arts, Waterford – 29/7/19

US dates :

  • Rock house Live Midtown, Memphis – 3/6/19
  • Giddy Ups, Austin, Texas – 6/9/19
  • JP Hops House, Houston – 9/6/19

UK dates :

  • The Jacaranda, Liverpool – 18/8/19
  • Walrus, Manchester – 19/8/19
  • The Old King’s Arms, Leeds – 20/8/19

Tickets available from www.runinred.eventbrite.ie

Links to band:

https://www.facebook.com/runinred

https://www.youtube.com/runinred

https://www.instagram.com/runinred/

KNOCKANSTOCKAN – New Additions Announcement! SODA BLONDE/ Donal Dineen | The Panik Attaks + More

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Ireland’s Premier Independent Music & Arts festival

19th – 21st of July 2019

“New Additions” LINE UP ANNOUNCEMENT

Plus Get ready for “The Knock Out Games!”

KnockanStockan have already announced their return for the Summer of 2019, with heavy emphasis on their ethos which is to support and… “Love New Music”. Today we give you a special gift: New Additions to the impressive line-up setting the bar higher than it’s ever been.

It has been less than four months since Little Green Cars called it a day, but four of the band’s five members wasted no time in announcing a new band: SODA BLONDE. Fronted by Faye O’Rourke with Adam O’Regan, Donagh Seaver O’Leary and Dylan Lynch the band “evokes the tragic beauty of Karen Carpenter and the pop sensibilities of Annie Lennox”. They have just performed on The Late Late Show on RTE, and performed to a sell-out show in TGS and are going to be playing at Knockanstockan this year as part of the New Additions to the line-up, announced today June 19th.

The new additions also include Kerryman Donal Dineen, a pioneering DJ, Photographer and Filmmaker along with punk rockers Panik Attaks consisting of – Rob Walsh (Cold Comfort), Mick Pyro (Republic of loose) Trevor Keogh (New Secret Weapon) Alex Harvey (Thumper) and Rian trench (Solar Bears).

Here is the complete line up of NEW ADDITIONS!

New live acts !

Soda Blonde | Uly | Donal Dineen | The Panik Attaks | Jimmy Penguin | Messyng | Aswell | Pine The Pilcrow | Lil’ Brendan | Donal Gunne Band |VictorRama | The Other Side of Detroit | Schindler’s Fist | Robbie Cash & The Black Tar Bandits

More Performance Artists!

Eoin Tyrell | GirlPlay | Elder Norman’s Formal Board of Normal Mormon Moral Orders and Frankie | Cikada Circus | Spiralites | LedBelly | Giant Wolf Theatre Company | The Comedy Collective| Walnut & Scroope | Niv, Circus Hoop Artist | SPÁSÓGS | Emmet O’Brien ft. Sea High | Sarah Kineen | Disco Dragons | Cúana Matata | Ring Dem Bells 

Knockanstockans diverse musical line-up will be accompanied by additional treats for festival fans this year, featuring new collaborations, several international artists, spectacular new stage designs, new areas to explore, an array of art installations and endless performance art in many glorious forms. Each new addition to the festival is a tasteful continuation to the KnockanStockan we know and love with additional features both complementing and elevating the festival’s remarkable reputation.

The Knock Out Games!

The Knock Out Games is a new area within KnockanStockan to engage with our audience in a way like never before. We know you all love a good game and especially a bit of (healthy?!) competition.

The Knock Out Games area is a purpose built arena that will host a series of games and competitions all weekend while raising funds for The SCOOP Foundation. Hosted by festival comedians Hugh Cooney and Brian Frame among other guests, The Knock Out will take place within a mini-stadium surrounded by seating for your audience of fanatic supporters!

Teams are encouraged to enter but individual games will be programmed as well.

Games will include:

  • Egg & Spoon
  • 3 Legged Race
  • Burst the Bum-Balloon
  • Giant Jenga Challenge
  • Raft Challenge
  • Space Hopper Race
  • Double Sack Race

& MUCH MORE

There will be a leaderboard and the two teams at the top of the table will go into a Knock Out on Sunday for a finale show.

Carlsberg Cold Cans Exchange!!!

Tired of carrying bags of ice to and from your tent? Leave that with us.

Swap your warm cans of Carlsberg and Carlsberg Unfiltered for chilled one’s and head off to enjoy the festival thanks to the Carlsberg Cool Cans pop up, appearing for the first time at this year’s KnockanStockan festival.

Carlsberg Unfiltered

Carlsberg Unfiltered, the headline sponsor of KnockanStockan 2019 is back again, bigger and better this year, with a Danish inspired takeover. Carlsberg Unfiltered is inspired by Danish values of simplicity and connection with nature, and its name reflects how the lager is made. The brewers have removed the filtration process, which leaves more natural flavours and body in the lager and produces a premium, great tasting, cloudy pilsner with subtle floral and hop notes.

Carlsberg Unfiltered Stage

KnockanStockan are excited to have Carlsberg return this year to collaborate on an exciting venue space with a Danish twist. The Unfiltered stage is making a comeback where guests can sit and watch performance art, intimate collaborations, interviews, comedy by day and dance to some of Ireland’s finest DJ collectives play on a stage in the centre of the festivities.

The Carlsberg Danish Quarter

Sit back, relax and soak up the atmosphere the Danish Way.  The main bar, the Danish Quarter hosted by Carlsberg, will overlook the main stage so you can enjoy a few pints whilst soaking in the festival atmosphere. Skål!

A much loved family friendly event, KnockanStockan is Ireland’s Premiere Small Festival which has earned the festival many awards throughout the years such as Best Line Up, Best Small Festival, Best Family Festival and Best Social Responsibility Award. The official Launch night will take place at Dublin’s newest Music Venues, Lost lane at 6.30pm on April 18th.

Not long after going on sale, Early Bird & Sunday Day tickets to KS2019 have already sold out, a sure sign of excitement for the festival’s return:

Early Bird Tickets – SOLD OUT    

3 Day Festival Ticket (FRI-SUN CAMPING) €155

2 Day Festival Ticket (SAT & SUN CAMPING) €135

 1 Day Festival (SUN DAY TICKET) Ticket €65 – SOLD OUT    

Campervan Tickets €50

Bus Tickets €20 Dublin Return

Boutique Tents available here

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Lavengro sign to CODA AGENCY under Sol Parker!!!!!

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Tremendous news just in as 5-Piece Pop band Lavengro hailing from Derry City, Northern Ireland, announce their signing to CODA Agency under Sol Parker!

Their most recent single ‘Live For The Weekend’ was added straight to radio playlists, including Rte 2fm, Red FM and 2XM. With its instant hooks that calls for the repeat button, their new single is the follow up to commercially successful track ‘Think’ which was one of the most played Irish songs on Radio in 2018.

2FM hailed it as one of their most played Irish songs of 2018, iRadio & Today FM also made the boys their Homegrown Heroes & PlayIrish Artist of the week. It also stayed in the top 100 Irish Airplay Charts for 11 weeks, peaking at #25 and also made it onto the Irish iTunes Top 100 Charts, Spotify Viral 50 Ireland, Ireland Shazam Charts top 50 – to name a few! Their new single is punchier, catchier and will have the same effect!

These are exciting times for Lavengro! WATCH THIS SPACE!!!

The Vibes announce brand new single “Where I Wanna Be’ Out June 21st.

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The Vibes are a six-piece Indie-pop outfit from Leitrim made up of members :
Leo Logan – Vocals Guitar
Gerard Bracken – Bass
Martin Raftery – Drums
Kiev Reynolds – Guitar
Ruairi Carty – Banjo/Mandolin
Joanne Logan – Vocals/Piano

They write infectious Indie-pop songs so it was no surprise when they became winners of the RTE 2fm song writing contest. ‘”Where I wanna Be” will be the band’s fifth single release with their previous 4 singles, “Head Over Heels”, “Just Another Love Song”, “You’ll See My Heart” and “Different Way Out” reaching Top 20 Chart status and critical acclaim.  

The brand new single ‘Where I Wanna Be’ Out June 21st, was recorded and produced by Ger McDonnell (U2, Manic Street Preachers, Kasabian, Def Leopard , The Cure and The Frame) and The vibes in The Mill studio in Swords, Dublin. The band cites influences that range from The Killers, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Mumford And Sons, Snow Patrol to Chris Stapleton, Vince Gill and Foy Vance.

Leo from the band says: “Where I Wanna Be’ is meant to be a fun, summer-sing/along track that tells the story, of which I think nearly everyone goes through at some stage or another, where you fall for someone you shouldn’t, the result of which normally never ends well. However in some cases when its all over you realise how much you actually miss and need that person and how they are “where you wanna be”.. 

Social Media Links:
https://www.facebook.com/thevibesband/
https://www.instagram.com/thevibes_official/
https://twitter.com/TheVibesBand
https://open.spotify.com/artist/425TkTzepIHqBY0CO5fB82?si=4Cp7Gop1SNqxTwHDON2HNA

Acoustic Duo KC VIK announce new single ‘The Gamblers Partner’

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Alt-folk/singer-songwriter Dublin based Acoustic Duo KC VIK announce new single ‘The Gamblers Partner‘ which is now available across all streaming sites. The duo consists of Ian Kinsella, a Kildare born musician of an Irish traditional back ground who was a  member of Gavin James’ Only Ticket Home Tour and Kaitlin Cullen-Verhauz from Manhattan, a classically trained cellist, graduating from music conservatory at age 18. She has performed both as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles in venues such as Merkin Concert Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, Weill Recital Hall, and Carnegie Hall.

KC VIK’s songwriting is powerful, and with their current goal to keep their sound as raw, edgy and real as possible, the pair create an incredibly full sound with just their instruments and no others and no extra layers. The end result of their debut release is a beautiful blend of very different learning curves leading to a very unique experience for the listener.

The pair have a cited a wide range of influences between them, absorbing as many genres as possible to broaden their spectrum of understanding and musical endeavours – Bob Dylan, Mstislav Rostropovich, Nickel Creek, Townes van Zandt, Solas, Lunasa, Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, Neil Young, The Grateful Dead, Fairport Convention and Moxie, to name but a few.

What you get here is stunning folk acoustic music at its best.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/kcvikduo/

https://www.instagram.com/kcvikduo/

You can check out the track which is streaming on spotify here:

Acoustic troubadour Kenny Dread to release new track ‘Marvel’ on June 28th

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‘Marvel’ by KENNY DREAD – OUT JUNE 28TH

Kenny Dread broke into the Irish radio landscape last year thanks to esteemed Radio 1 DJ John Creedon championing his wistful beach-bum memoir “Sexy Ranger” from the album “We Will Be Lovers”.

Now another track from that album gets its release: “Marvel” – which is an uplifting anthem powered by chiming 12-string guitars, CSNY style harmony vocals, a pumping beat, and electronic wobbles perfect for the festival season.

“Marvel” is a song all about the magic of loving your friends as they actually are, and loving yourself in the process. 

You can check out the stream of Marvel here:

Biography

Kenny Dread studied composition with Steven Stucky at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music before stage-diving into the 1980’s Washington D.C. punk-rock scene. He recorded gogo anthem D.C. Groove with Static Disruptors in 1982 and toured the East Coast with gogo punks Outrage until 1987.

The Static D’s and Outrage brought the funk to new-wave clubs like CBGB and Danceteria and had the skinheads skanking at hardcore hall shows.  Kenny Dread got his stage name touring and recording with the legendary Rastafari punk shaman H.R., lead singer of Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Bad Brains. During the 80’s Kenny also produced records for D.C. punk groups, performed with nyabinghi reggae godfather Ras Michael, and recorded demos with English punk goddess Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex.

The early 90’s found Kenny in the South of France performing with American expatriate rock band The Immigrants, and collaborating with members of that group to create his first solo foray, the dreamy folk-rock Walkin’ Down Your Street. A slow motion move to the West of Ireland inspired a more acoustic mode: The rootsy singer-songwriter album Powderhorn was released in 1997 with contributions from Asian-American guitar wizard Levi Chen and Windham Hill harpist Lisa Lynne, as well as a licensed adaption of poetry by Canadian author Michael Ondaatje. Kirtan yoga chanting became a major focus from the turn of the century: Kenny Dread co-founded and produced Chicago chant ensemble Devi 2000, and performed with kirtan dignitaries Dave Stringer and Bhagavan Das.

Chicago’s indie-rock and Americana scene inspired 2008’s Malastrana which featured guest performances by members of Wilco, Swell Season, and Califone. Years of residency led to full Irish citizenship in 2012, around the time Kenny guested as lead guitarist with Irish roots rockers The Calvinists. Kenny Dread dusted of Red With Wine an outtake from Malastrana for a rushed release in response to the war on music that was the Paris Bataclan tragedy. He recently produced the debut album of West Cork singer-songwriter Miranda McCarthy.

You can follow Kenny on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/kennydread

You can follow Kenny on Twitter

 

 

Introducing : Eric Patrick Nolan – Celtic & Irish Music at its best!

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Having spent the last decade expanding his vocal repertoire, Eric has turned his attention to focusing all of his energy on his debut album of Celtic and Irish songs titled “Listen to the River” which resonates with his ambitions to become one of the leading voices coming out of Ireland in recent times.

The Radio EP from “Listen to the River” is set to showcase his music to Irish radio and features songs ‘She‘, a beautiful rendition of The Cranberries ‘Dreaming My Dream’ and well beloved irish ballad ‘Spanish Lady’.

A native of Cork, Ireland, Eric has demonstrated a passion and natural ability for music and singing since a young age. His love of all genres of music led Eric to being successful in winning many competitions displaying his vocal versatility.

From winning Scor for Celtic/folk singing to being awarded the Gold Medal From the Royal Irish academy Of Music for highest marks achieved for classical and Musical theatre singing. In his teens Eric played many leading roles for the Fermoy Choral Society and Cork Opera House receiving praise from the local Cork press who described him as a “Remarkable singer and entertainer”.

Eric was fortunate to have received a full Scholarship to The Guildford School of Acting and Graduated in 2010 with BA honours. Upon Graduating Eric secured a mandate as lead vocalist on the world famous Queen Mary 2 and laterally, Aida cruises, where he fulfilled one of his other passions, that of world travel. When Eric was not travelling the world as lead vocalist, he spent several Christmas seasons at the biggest Christmas show in Europe “Thursford Christmas Spectacular” in the UK.

For more info see: https://www.ericpatricknolan.com/

You can listen to Eric’s full album here:

Kris James announces new single ‘I’ll Be Here’ Out May 24th

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After achieving international success as former lead singer of the boyband The Scheme, Liverpool born singer/songwriter Kris James successfully launched his solo career in the summer of 2018.

His critically acclaimed debut single “Eyes Open” which debuted on the cover of Music Week magazine, peaked at number 25 in the official iTunes chart where it held position for 4 weeks. The track also received great success in Europe and Latin America and had spot plays
on National Radio. The highly anticipate follow on single “Anymore” was released in the Autumn of 2018 and entered the official iTunes at number 1 in the genre of electronic on the day of release.

As well as a singer/songwriter, Kris is a respected fashionista, frequently in the media spotlight, Kris is often spotted on the front row at London Fashion Week year after year and has penned fashion diaries for several publications.

Kris’s new and highly-anticipated single “I’ll Be Here” will be officially released on May 24th 2019. The new heartfelt track is taken from Kris’ debut album which is set to be released this Winter.

The unfeigned track is produced by Tom Fuller, who is best known for his work with Amy Winehouse & Robbie Williams. The lyrics in his new single acts as a personal emotional connection to the listener. Kris Describes the track as “A Journey through the different emotions and feelings of life”

He also comments “After suffering from depression and mental health in the past and worrying about what people may think, I decided to write the track. We need to talk more openly about how we feel and let anyone going through it know we are here for them”

Alongside the single ‘I’ll Be Here’, Kris’s track has overwhelming floor filler remixes by the likes of WideBoyz (Example and Lorde) and Pink Panda (Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora). The success of ‘Kris James’ tracks continues to illustrate how he is the looming trailblazer in the music industry and the new single will clearly demonstrate this to all his listeners around the world.

To accompany the song, Kris James took to screen to shoot a cinematic music video to accompany the track which will bring viewers close to Kris and bring the track to life.

‘I’ll Be Here’ can be pre-ordered on Spotify & iTunes from the 10th May 2019 and will be available on all major outlets on the 24th May 2019.

Online links:

https://krisjamesmusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/MrKrisJames/

The Burma Announce New Single + Nationwide Tour Dates

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THE BURMA

BRAND NEW SINGLE ‘PHONEY PERSONALITY’ OUT JUNE 14TH

The Burma are an Indie rock n’ roll band influenced by the American Indie scene of the early 2000’s and British guitar bands of the 80s and 90s. The Burma’s jangly guitars and bouncy basslines make for refreshingly melodic songs. The line-up consists of long-time friends from Cobh Tony O’Donovan and Peter Piggott along with Doolin, Co. Clare drummer Cian Doherty whom they met in Cork in 2012.

The Burma released their debut EP ‘Her Eyes On Horizons’ in June 2017. The EP featured the singles ‘Love Fades’ and ‘Sucker For Stars, both of which were met with great acclaim with Hot Press stating “The pop-rockers ‘are as suited to the dancefloor as the dive bar, as bouncy basslines underpin earwig melodies and shimmering guitar lines”. Recent releases like Love Fades suggest that they’re “ready to graduate to the big time.” 

The Burma’s last single ‘Quicksand’ was released in October 2018 and gained extensive national airplay. It was also made Joe.ie Song of The Day. “This is a classic three minute pop song full of verve and melody”. “The Burma are a band on the up and you really should start checking them out so you can tell your pals, you knew them before they became huge.”

The Burma have supported acts such as The Academic, The Strypes, Delorentos, Brian Deady, The Blizzards & Ryan Sheridan.

In 2019 The Burma will play some of their biggest shows to date including the likes of The Liverpool Feis, Vantastival, the Doolin Folk Festival and many more on the Irish and British festival circuit. Expect to see some exciting new releases from The Burma this year too!

What the critics have to say:

“Anyone in fear that the conveyor-belt of winning guitar bands might be slowing down would be well advised to check out The Burma before writing any epitaphs.” – Hot Press

“A new Cork band with a great sound. It won’t be long before they are headlining gigs themselves.”JOE.ie

“It’s sun-kissed, California-driving music – yet it’s relevant, and it’s fresh.” – Golden Plec

“Jangly guitar pop at its finest.” – Dan Hegarty, RTE 2FM

Upcoming Gigs
June 1st – Vantastival, Drogheda
June 15th – Doolin Folk Fest
July 6th – Feis Liverpool

Social Media Links

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Check Out This New Summer Anthem ‘Anything for You’

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‘Anything For You’ –  newest summer anthem from VAVO ft. Zhiko is Out Now!

Calvin Scully, aka ZHIKO, is a Dublin (Ireland) based self taught musician starting from the early age of 12 he had a natural ear for music. As a self taught pianist/keyboardist and Music Producer, Calvin started hitting the airwaves at the age of 15 with his release of ‘Torn apart’ a dance track that was picked up and playlisted on Dublin’s 98fm and Rte 2FM. Calvin has also had song placements on many tv shows in Ireland, Uk, Portugal and Australia. 

Out of the spotlight, after many years of Studying and perfecting his Production skills, Calvin has written hundreds of tracks for artists on major and independent labels around the globe.

In 2018 Calvin combined talents with New York based French Producer Antoine Cara of Ultra Records and together created the duo ‘Dakotah’  they have released numerous pop dance tracks in 2019.

STREAM the track here:

Now known as ZHIKO, Calvin has many upcoming tracks set for release in 2019 including his comeback release ‘’Anything for you” which is a collaboration with New York based super duo VAVO. The release is set to be release on 26th April 2019, world premiering on Sirius XM on the 25th April.

VAVO, a Billboard charting Dance/Pop duo VAVO seamlessly blends the talents of Vancouver native Jesse Fischer and London born Alden Martin. They have over 50 charting positions on iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify, VAVO seeks to raise the bar. Their last single “Right Now” has already reached the top 10 in the BPM Top 20 Countdown and has been supported by key tastemakers in the dance music community.

At their current pace, expect to see VAVO rise up as one of the hottest dance acts in 2019.

For more info and updates on Zhiko: www.zhikomusic.com

For more info and updates on Vavo: https://www.facebook.com/vavomusic